25th Annual High Desert Gardening & Landscaping Conference

…25 years of celebrating life in the High Desert

March 15, 16 & 17, 2018 in Sierra Vista, Arizona.  An educational experience for everyone with an interest in gardening. Two and one-half days on a variety of gardening topics.

Conference Agenda

On-Line Conference Registration

Mail-in Conference Registration

Conference Scholarship Information


General Sessions:

  • What Makes Weather?
  • Neurobotany Update on How Plants Think
  • Soil Science…Not a Dry Subject!
  • Succulents, Perenials, and those Flowering Shrubs in a High Desert Landscape
  • The Magic of Grafted Vegetables
  • Achuar Gardens
  • The Truths & Myths about GMO’s

Breakout Sessions:

  • Container Gardening
  • Herb Gardening
  • Creating a Rock Garden
  • Fruit Tree Care and Specific Pruning Techniques
  • Mesquite Flour Production & Uses
  • Vegetable Gardening Hacks & Companion Planting
  • Growing Roses in the High Desert
  • Backyard Chickens
  • Planning a Vegetable Garden for Home, School, or Community
  • Rain Gardens & Rainwater Harvesting
  • Landscaping with Native Plants
  • Growing Great Grapes

Workshop Sessions:

  • Creating Pressed Flower Art
  • Mandala Rock Painting:  it’s Contagious!
  • Inviting Backyard Birds & Building Bird Feeders
  • Creating an Ikebana Floral Arrangement
  • Propagation:  Seeds, Cuttings, Air-layering, & Grafting

Great Vendors, Fabulous Raffles, Silent Auctions, Networking, and More!!

Offers CEUs: Yes

A registration fee is required and includes breakfasts and lunches.

  • Wednesday, 3/14/18 Pre-Conference Gathering in the Discovery Gardens from 5pm – 7pm
  • Thursday & Friday, 03/15 & 3/16, 2018 (All day)
  • Saturday, 03/17/2018 (Half day)


Full 2-1/2 day Conference                  $145

Two Day Combo

o   Thursday and Friday              $125

o   Friday and Saturday               $100

One Day only

o   Thursday                                $ 90

o   Friday                                     $ 90

o   Saturday                                 $ 50

Location:  Student Union, Cochise College, 901 N Colombo Ave. Sierra Vista AZ 85635

Registration Required:  Yes